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Seasonal Design: The Origins of Hallowe’en Pumpkin Carving

Seasonal Design: The Origins of Hallowe’en Pumpkin Carving
30/10/2015

At Acknowledge Designs, we think in three dimensions every day. But as the seasons change and Hallowe’en comes around, people all around the world take their hand to sculptural design with a certain seasonal tradition. This week we’ve swapped glass and acrylic for something a little more natural and a lot more spooky: pumpkins!

Carved pumpkins, also known as Jack-o’-lantern’s, are an unmistakable symbol of Hallowe’en, and their many, varied origin stories establish their link to the mystery and fun of this well-loved holiday. The concept – a carved design in front of a candle which throws out shapes of light – is thought to have originated in reference to the phenomenon of strange flickering lights seen over peat bogs and in wooded areas. They are known by many names in various cultures, but in English Folklore these ghostly illuminations are known as “will-o’-the-wisp”, where “wisp” refers to a light source made from a bundle of sticks or paper and “will” is the proper name, perhaps of the one who controls it.

The name “Jack-o’-lantern” is also believed to have come from an old Irish folk tale in which “Stingy Jack” tricked the devil into turning into a coin to pay his bar tab. On Jack’s death, the cheated devil condemned his soul to wander the Earth for eternity, with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved turnip, and so, sightings of his ghostly form with glowing light gave him the name “Jack of the Lantern”.

Various cultures have different legends surrounding the tradition; some believe the carved faces represent the souls of the dead who are said to roam the Earth on All Hallows Eve, such as Ireland’s wandering “Stingy Jack”. Others sit the carved faces around their homes in order to ward off the evil spirits that may visit on Hallowe’en.

Now pumpkins are carved as a festive family activity with all sorts of designs, be they frightening or funny. Most of us opt for the traditional triangle-based grin or other recognisable (and easily carved!) Hallowe’en images such as bats, cats, spiders, crescent moons and ghostly figures.

Whatever you attempt this year, we at Acknowledge Designs wish you luck and a Happy Hallowe’en!

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